D.A.T.E. Talks 2020

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D.A.T.E. Talks 2020

Antwerp's D.A.T.E. project brings the culture to you, with a short of series of inspiring digital talks centred around the city's music scene...

Bar perhaps the odd Amazonian tribe, everyone of us on the third planet from the Sun knows how terrible 2020 has been. However, for all the mire we’ve collectively trudged through, there have been recent glimpses of hope. Adding onto that slim pile marked positivity, is a new initiative from our friends in Antwerp, D.A.T.E. (Discover Antwerp Through Experience); and it launches today.

D.A.T.E. Talks 2020, Discover Antwerp Through Experience Online

DJ Lola Haro, named ‘Most Promising artist of 2019’ by Red Bull Elektropedia.

Following the cancellation of this year’s edition in May, D.A.T.E. Talks 2020 is the online alternative of their annual celebration of their city’s fervent creativity, and is an opportunity for everyone to take a part in the work they do; D.A.T.E. an event usually comprising only a small team of handpicked international creatives. Taking place today, 17 November and also running tomorrow and Thursday, from 21.00 to 22.00 CET, the virtual event will take in talks, live performances and reports offering a behind-the-scenes look at noted locations in the city; the topics related to diversity and crossovers in the world of music and Antwerp at large.

With D.A.T.E. 2019 deep-diving into the city’s graphic design scene, art world, technology and innovation, and urban culture, this series of streams will bring together acclaimed names from the Antwerp music scene; topics such as sexism in classical music, combining DJing with Michelin-starred cooking, and the digital revolution’s inability to pose a threat to vinyl.

As well as tackling tough subjects, the sessions will introduce rising stars such as 23-year-old, DJ Lola Haro, who was named ‘Most Promising artist of 2019’ by Red Bull Elektropedia, and Jaouad Alloul, the gay son of a Moroccan migrant who is committed to establishing greater diversity and solidarity both within and outside the LGBTQI community; it was also explore fascinating activities including an audio therapy project at Antwerp Prison and the world’s biggest indoor drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep event.

Broadcasting via thisisantwerp.be 17—18—19 November from 21.00 CET (and available to watch back if you miss them live), D.A.T.E.’s debut digital looks set to continue in the same compelling vein as their IRL events. You can’t put a good pioneering tourism project down.

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D.A.T.E. Talks 2020, Discover Antwerp Through Experience Online
D.A.T.E. Talks 2020, Discover Antwerp Through Experience Online

Eline Cote will address sexism in classical music. With great spirit and passion, she is not only on stage as an artist and musician, but is fighting for equality between men and women in music. She wrote a thesis, ‘The Challenges of Professional Female Musicians in the Western World’ and in March, with 150 female musicians, she charmed Antwerp’s Elisabeth Hall with the Virago Symphony Orchestra, which she founded.

D.A.T.E. Talks 2020, Discover Antwerp Through Experience Online

Nick Bril has two passions: his two Michelin-starred restaurant The Jane and electronic music. “Entertaining and pleasing people is in my nature. I want to share a small piece of myself with others and DJing is a perfect outlet for me. It relaxes me but also inspires me as a chef.” After a long weekend shift, Nick gets out of his kitchen and prepares himself for a visit to the club, often as a visitor but, in recent years, even more as a DJ. He also has a permanent place at Tomorrowland and Extrema Outdoor.

D.A.T.E. Talks 2020, Discover Antwerp Through Experience Online

Elisabeth Severino Fernandes laid the groundwork for Slam Poetry in Belgium; founding Mama’s Open Mic almost ten years ago, a project that gives a platform to poets, singers, rappers, hip-hoppers and slam poets. Elisabeth doesn’t like the ‘urban’ label that she and slam poets are often pigeon-holed into; that ‘urban’ artists are not equivalent to ‘classical’ arts. She notices that there is a difference in prestige, as well as in fees, and she is seeking to change it.

D.A.T.E. Talks 2020, Discover Antwerp Through Experience Online

Nikolai, both DJ and manager of the record shop USA Import, and a number of record labels, endorses the value of the record shop as a hotbed; a breeding ground, opportunity to make contacts, consult with people, gain new insights and discover new things. Nikolai Pascual sees the digital revolution not as a threat, but as an ally. The revival of vinyl is a reality, not only for DJs but for music lovers too. In addition to the digital platform, producers still see the importance of a release on vinyl.

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